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This Ink Made From Smokers' Lungs Increased Interest in Quitting by 500%

A morbidly effective campaign from BBDO Proximity Thailand

The ink was made in cooperation with medical faculty at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University.

Here's one way to get a message to smokers: write it in ink made from their own diseased lungs.

BBDO Proximity Thailand has produced a fascinating case study on its recent anti-smoking effort for the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.

Working with medical faculty at Chulalongkorn University, the agency produced a black ink made from materials extracted from lungs donated after death by longtime smokers.

By distributing the ink at public events, the campaign sparked quite a bit of PR and increased signups in the foundation's cessation program by 500 percent compared to the previous year. 

Morbid incarnations of ink seem to be a trend right now. Magazine Audio Kultur recently published an issue written in literal blood to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, and, perhaps most unsettlingly, Vangardist Magazine printed an issue using ink infused with HIV-positive blood.

CREDITS

Agency: BBDO Proximity Thailand
Client: Thai Health Promotion Foundation
Chief Creative Officer: Suthisak Sucharittanonta
Executive Creative Director: Anuwat Nitipanont
Creative Director: Anuwat Nitipanont
Art Director: Kantapon Meateekul
Copywriter: Thiti Boonkerd
Account Director: Anchalee Kerdchan
Account Manager: Preeyaporn Somboonwanna

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